MELAKA, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari has urged all state assemblymen to use the facts while debating and discussing issues at the State Legislative Assembly sitting.
He said the actions of some assemblymen who debated without facts would have a negative effect on the assembly and the state.
“For instance, a statement by Sungai Udang assemblyman (Datuk Seri Idris Haron-BN) claiming that the wild boars issue has caused anger in Indonesia, is baseless and has neither facts nor proof,” he told reporters outside the state assembly here today.
He said the issue did not exist and it was a mere slander as the Melaka government has good relations with the Indonesian government.
Adly also said the state government had carried out investigation as well verification on the matter and would be responsible for the actions taken.
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“When we (the state government) are being slandered, the consequences have to be borne by the people... a matter can be considered slander if it has no fact,” he said.
He said all parties should appreciate the hard work carried out by the Melaka Wildlife and National Parks Department to ensure the safety of farmers and their crops (from the threat of wild boar).
Earlier, state opposition leader Idris had interrupted state assembly speaker Datuk Omar Jaafar who was clarifying his yesterday’s statement for calling Pengkalan Batu assemblyman Datuk Norhizam Baktee as the 'pig shooter champion'.
Omar said he had no intention to humiliate Norhizam, but the word ‘champion’ he used was meant as a hero who performed his duty efficiently.
In addition, Omar also clarified that there was no protest element issued by the Indonesian government pertaining to the issue of wild boars crossing to Melaka.
Meanwhile, Idris claimed that he was informed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that Norhizam had been shooting the wild boars without considering views from others.